Tarantino Suing Gawker; Hateful Eight

Tarantino is suing Gawker.

In a complaint filed by Tarantino’s people over at Lavely & Singer, Gawker has crossed the line in helping to facilitate the distribution of Tarantino’s latest screenplay, Hateful Eight.

Tarantino was scheduled to begin shooting the film in 2014, but has recently decided to publish the story in book form rather than to direct. This decision was made when the screenplay was leaked after having been sent to only a handful of thesps, whom Tarantino was interested in having cast in the feature film.

For an in-depth read, check out the story in THR


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Client Update; The Banshee Chapter

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Via The Hollywood Reporter.

A sexy horror film and a CIA drug experiment gone wrong round out a lively week.

This week in VOD is marked by two notable indie horror films. First up is The Banshee Chapter, which takes a conspiracy theorist’s paranoia and blows it up into a very scary movie. Banshee is based on real documents, actual test-subject testimony and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA to create mind-altering drugs. The fictional story is about a journalist searching for a friend who goes missing after taking these top secret government chemicals. The film stars Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), Katia Winter (TV’s Sleepy Hollow) and Michael McMillian (True Blood). This is writer-director Blair Erickson‘s first feature, but Erickson has been a big player in the growing world of transmedia, including writing and directing eight live-action online episodes of The Terminator for Fox.

The Banshee Chapter was produced by Zack Quinto’s Before the Door and HDPC client, Stephanie Riggs and her Sunchaser banner.


Hollywood Biz; Indiana Jones

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Paramount and Disney have struck a deal for the on-going rights to the “Indiana Jones” franchise. Paramount will retain rights to the existing films of this franchise.

That means that Disney will have the right to control remakes, sequels, prequels. What does this mean for the franchise? In short, we can expect to see some new films for the franchise, the format for now however is unknown.


The Hobbit; Arbitration

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As casual as I keep most of my client consultations, I always find it moderately amusing when a client says “I just need something simple, nothing complicated”.

One of the headlines catching Hollywood’s ears today was that of the impending dispute between the Weinsteins and Warners over revenue from “The Hobbit” franchise.

With the second installment, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” headed to theatres this December, there is a significant sum of money, to which both parties are claiming rights.

The dispute comes down to whether the Weinstein’s “Quitclaim” agreement with the studio includes a Gross corridor for the second and third installment of the Hobbit film series, a franchise that has already grossed nearly $1b dollars worldwide.

Like I tell all my clients, when responding to the frequent comment mentioned above, “the devil is in the details”; nothing is simple.

You can read more HERE


Client Profiles; Jabari Johnston



HDPC client Jabari Johnson to release his feature length documentary about the UK Hip-Hop star, Tinie Tempah.

Some words from our client about the project.


Hello All,

A lot of you have been asking when my next documentary is coming out and I’m proud to finally say that Tinie Tempah: Discovering Destiny has a release date and it’s this Thursday, October 31st, 2013!

In 2011, I left my job producing digital content for Capitol Records and went on the wildest ride of my life as I directed a film on a dear friend and amazing artist, Tinie Tempah.

Tinie is the first British hip-hop artist to ever have a sold out arena tour in the UK and it was an honor for him and his management company Disturbing London to have me along for the ride. After shooting 60 hours of footage we came back to the states and spent close to a year working on the film. We are now finally ready to debut the project as Tinie is on the heels of releasing his 2nd album, Demonstration on November 4th, 2013.

We’re releasing the film in a very nontraditional manner and giving fans the power to premiere the film simultaneously this Thursday. What I need from all of you is to support our Thunderclap campaign with your Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr pages to increase the social reach of the film when we drop the link on Thursday. This is a game changer, and for it to be a massive success I need the support of each and every person reading this.



Please support our client and check out this great project.


Another “Final Cut” Issue; NOAH

Darren Aronofsky and Paramount are feuding amongst rumors of the film “Noah”, and the film’s current cut.

For all directors and studios out there, it is worth the hassle of negotiating for “final cut” especially when you’re dealing with a film that costs more than $125mm to produce. 

For more, see indiewire



TIFF: Documentary Section; What Does it Take to Produce?

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For all you festival lovers out there, including those of you who have to go for work (myself included). Here is a great article about Thom Powers, the producer of TIFF’s documentary portion of the festival.

A Kingmaker For Documentaries